Grateful Dead Live at Philadelphia Civic Center on 1984-04-20
Source Senn 441 > PCM Digital Audience (up-front) >
DAT (SV3700) > DAT (Fostex D10) > CDR (Single WAV) >
CDR-WAV (wav splits) > SHN (via MKWACT); via JR Fishman
Take that Let It Grow - yes, it just goes on and on and on - Jerry doesn't hurry the jam, but he clearly wants to show how much energy he has tonight, even if his voice is faltering; you can practically feel the grime and grease of this era's drug-haze the band was in; Bobby doesn't sound much better, for that matter....
....but it doesn't matter. Scarlet > Fire blisters (listen to the crowd go absolutely beserk when the band hits the big part of the jam), Jerry doesn't leave the fretboard at all for Samson, Drums > Space is indeed gorgeous, and Jerry doesn't have too many problems with da Dew, even though the back half of the set starts to show its seams a bit...
...but who cares! A great recording, intimate, if a bit tinny, and capturing everything great about the band during what otherwise is a pretty troubled year.
Subject: What about the Space
Subject: 17 years old....
I am not some critique on audio and soundboards and all that, but what I can tell you is that this is as hot of a replication of a dead show as you can get.
On the playing side, my bus had come buy in hampton the prior year- same time. But this is the band at it nastiest and sweetest best. I don't know if Jer got some good from NYC and bob got some clean from Philly, and Phil had his case of Heineken or what, but the boys decided to play.
The crowd makes this show about what a dead show was all about, because they were in tuned with everything.
The venue is / was very small. I have a few great shows I have been at, but this (and the Hampton show) are 1 and 2.
Many people have different favs, but the Stranger/CRS; Let it Grow for the first set are smoking. Of course, the only reason to listen to this show is the best scarlet / fire post 79 ever.
I am bias of course, but somebody show me a better show / audience recording with something better for this era.
Subject: Philly Ph-un
Subject: I was 17 and almost lost it
Subject: High Quality '84 Vintage
Subject: Better than average AUD
I'm really familiar with dozens and dozens of shows, and this AUD is better than average. But not a 5 star show. Check out my other reviews
Subject: This run and Providence take the cake for Spring '84
nice pull with a little echo from Hall captured.
Standout Let It Grow, and possibly the best Scarlet > Fire of the year.
Subject: GD 4/20 Spectrum Trip @ Civicentral
God bless tapers - although at times way moody folk - they are one of the BIGGEST reasons why we have a site like this to discuss/listen to the Dead in 2006.
Many Thanks to the brothers and sisters who went to shows with really big mics and Nakamichi decks...
One reviewer called the Civic "funky, dirty and old." Sounds like the Kaiser, my fave.
Sound quality is as good as it gets (5) and the show is solid if not better (3+ or 4-)
Subject: my first show....! .....way to lose my virginity
Subject: Special for Philly
Subject: Great Birthday Memory
Hoping for a miracle, I got one when a friend was unable to attend the show . . . the ticket went to me.
I have been looking for this show for years and recently stumbled onto this site.
Great concert, excellent recording . . .
Does anyone have access to the third show???
Subject: I missed the show, sick
Subject: I Love this show
Some sentimental value as well - this night was a huge one for me personally. I give it 5 stars 'cause it was a great show and this recording is sweeeet.
Subject: Terrific '84 show
This Scarlet>Fire is tremendous, with very fluid playing and nice work from Brent. Miracle is hot, and Morning Dew is awesome. The roar of the crowd during Dew's opening notes is enough to give you chills...
I'm not a big fan of '84, but this show stands atop the heap of the year's best...
I had the SBD of this show for a long time, but thanks to archive, I get an opportunity to listen to the AUD....
Subject: Emotional Aud
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